Chilli paneer - spicy fried Indian cottage cheese cubes cooked with onions, capsicum (bell peppers), a hint of soy sauce and garnished with spring onions.
Appetizer, Main Course, Main Dish, Side Dish
Indian cottage cheese
coarse black pepper
Prep the ingredients - quarter the onions, slice the capsicum and green chillies, and julienne the ginger.
Mix chilli powder, corn flour, pepper powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
Toss the sliced paneer into this bowl. Shake gently to coat the paneer pieces with the seasoning.
Heat oil in a pan, reduce to medium, and place the paneer cubes to fry.
Keep the remaining mix in the bowl.
Drain off the excess oil from the fried paneer pieces.
Transfer to a kitchen towel to absorb any extra oil.
Now fry the ginger in the same pan, followed by the diced onions.
Fry on a medium flame until the onions turn translucent.
Now add the sliced capsicum and green chillies.
Add 1/2 cup water to the bowl with the remaining seasoning, mix well, and add this to the pan.
The corn flour in the seasoning will give the onion and capsicum mix in the pan a thick consistency.
Now add a tablespoon soy sauce to the pan, and mix well.
Check for salt, and add more if required.
Place the fried paneer cubes in the pan, and gently stir without breaking the paneer pieces to coat them uniformly with the onion and capsicum.
Cook for a couple of minutes, and switch off the flame.
Garnish with chopped spring onions.
Serve hot with roti or fried rice.
In this recipe, I have used
sliced to thin slabs. You can cut them anyway you want. Cubes will be easier to work with
Fry the paneer slices just enough. If you pan-fry them for a longer time, they'll become too hard
Ideal consistency is fried just enough, and slightly crispy on the outside